We have been free of illness all summer. No colds, flus or any other sort of viruses. But as I walked my kids to school this morning, I realized that this streak might end soon. Kids are exposed to all sorts of bad bugs at school, so it’s important for them to have a strong immune system.
One way to start it is to make sure they know how to properly wash their hands and that they are doing it frequently. But another important aspect of immune health is sugar consumption.
Sugar is often a culprit for weakening a child’s immune system, increasing their susceptibility to illnesses such as strep throat, stomach flu, and ear infections. Reducing sugar in a child’s diet can be challenging. It should be done, however, because over-consumption of refined sugars can lead to dysbiosis in the digestive tract, which has been shown to have an impact on the immune system. Dysbiosis is the microbial imbalance that most often affects a person’s digestive tract. The overuse of antibiotics, cough syrups and other medications may also affect the microbial balance in the gut.
Around 70% to 80% percent of the immune system cells reside in the gut, therefore a healthy digestive system is needed to protect children from bacteria and viruses they are commonly exposed to. Although there are many ways to boost immunity, such as proper nutrition and supplementation with vitamins C and D, probiotics may be one of the most effective ways to address dysbiosis and increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Kids’ probiotics are like a multivitamin for the gut, strengthening a child’s own defenses and keeping them healthy throughout the school year. Pathway Kids Acidophilus is a high-potency, multiple species, child-specific probiotic that provides the most beneficial bacteria in amounts that help to establish an excellent digestive environment. Each capsule is microencapsulated to protect the good bacteria against the destruction normally caused by the harsh acidic environment of the stomach.
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